I’m becoming fascinated by sheep, which is probably as well since we’re surrounded by them now. They’re such sweet animals and so calming to be around. I’m working on sketching them – and not doing a great job so far I must admit, but in studying the way they move and their facial expressions, I came across this fun video on Youtube, created by a young girl for her homework. It’s called “Are Sheep Stupid?”
I recently read a study that said sheep were on a par with cows when it comes to intelligence and just slightly below pigs. It’s interesting that we’re only now developing intelligence tests that measure the way animals think rather than judging them against the way we think. As we learn more, it becomes clearer and clearer that farmyard animals have individual personalities, solve problems, experience emotion, and feel pain just as we do.
I am going to find it so distressing to see the young lambs taken from their mothers a few months from now.
My mum points out that the lambs wouldn’t exist if they weren’t going to be sold for food, and that the Dales wouldn’t look as they do without sheep farming, and I know all of this is true. But it doesn’t make it any easier to understand or to bear.